HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

 

May 26, 2005 Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M.  Tapes 98 - 99

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Donna Nelson, Chair

Rep. Phil Barnhart, Vice-Chair

Rep. Debi Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brian Boquist

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Betty Komp

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Dave Hunt

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Erin Seiler, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                 Veterans’ Issues - Informational Meeting

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 98, A

002

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:39 a.m. Opens an informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues.

VETERANS’ ISSUES – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

041

Kevin O’Reilly

Government Relations/Advocacy Director, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans’ of America. Expresses appreciation for the work of the Committee on behalf of veterans and acknowledges the contributions of each member. 

124

Chair Nelson

Acknowledges the work of all of the members and thanks them for their commitment to veterans.

139

Rep. Barnhart

Acknowledges the “work, enthusiasm, and tenacity” of Chair Nelson as an advocate for Oregon veterans’.

160

Jim Stembridge

Committee Administrator. Commends Chair Nelson for commitment to veterans’ issues.

175

Rep. Farr

Speaks to personal connection to veterans’ issues and why it is important to see to the well-being of all veterans. 

203

Chair Nelson

Commends all members for their dedication to veterans.  

262

Chair Nelson

Summarizes the events that have been scheduled for Memorial Day and Flag Day.

293

Bill McMichaels

Project Manager, Afghan-Iraqi Freedom War Memorial Fund. Speaks to the importance of honoring veterans and acknowledges all individuals committed to veterans.

327

McMichaels

Provides an update on the funding of Afghan/Iraqi Memorial Project and identifies specific individuals who have donated time, energy, and supplies to the Afghan/Iraqi Memorial.

TAPE 99, A

001

Chair Nelson

Thanks Mr. McMichaels for work on the Afghan/Iraqi Memorial Project.

015

McMichaels

Explains what led to involvement with the Afghan/Iraqi Memorial Project.

028

McMichaels

Explains that the Afghan/Iraqi Memorial is being built will materials that will “last for 500 years.”

045

Chair Nelson

Acknowledges the Kesterson Family.

090

Paula Brown

Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA). Acknowledges the dedication of the Committee to improving the lives of veterans and expresses the appreciation of ODVA.

105

Chair Nelson

Asks what the approval process is for locating memorials on state-owned property.  

110

Brown

Summarizes the memorial review process utilized by the Department of Administrative Services.

165

Mac MacDonald

Representative, Veterans’ Organizations. Speaks to the details of local Memorial Day events.  

205

Rep. Farr

Clarifies that Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at the Capitol Mall.

241

Harley Ray

Legislative Chair, American Legion. Expresses appreciation for the work of the Committee.

287

Chair Nelson

Acknowledges Rep. Jeff Kropf efforts on behalf of Atomic Veterans’.

298

Mike Sullivan

Lobbyist, Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers. Expresses appreciation for the work of the Committee.

340

Chair Nelson

Speaks to the importance of the Youth Challenge Program.

395

Rep. Komp

Speaks to the importance of supporting veterans and acknowledges the commitment of Chair Nelson.

TAPE 98, B

001

Stembridge

Asks what veterans’ organization will receive the money from the “acronym fund.”

010

Rep. Farr

Suggests that the funds be donated to the Afghan/Iraqi Memorial Fund.

030

Chair Nelson

Closes the informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues. Adjourns the meeting at 9:38 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

No Exhibits